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40 Years Ago

Items taken from the Sun of April 3. 1973

The Tophatters, a greeting committee of the Morris Chamber of Commerce, officially welcomed and congratulated the owners of several new businesses of Morris last week. Dick Bluth, manager of the local Chamber, along with Tophatters Newell Ueland, Dennis Burud and Wayne Riser welcomed these newcomers: Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Moser, owners of Moser's Jewelry; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cruze of H and I Grocery, formerly Buscher's Grocery; and Rolf Arneson of Gibson Pharmacy.


The Rev. Howard Jones on Sunday announced his resignation as minister of the Federated Church in Morris. At the forthcoming session of the United Methodist Church of Minnesota, Rev. Jones will be appointed pastor of the Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson.  Rev. Jones has been minister of the Federated Church here since 1966.  One of the major items of progress by the congregation during his pastorate was the construction of a new church home, across Columbia Avenue from the Morris Senior High School.

The highest score ever recorded during league play was rolled last Wednesday night by Freeman Haugen of Morris during the City Bowling League.  Haugen, bowling for the VFW team, rolled a 289— his first 10 balls were strikes.  On the 11th ball, one pin was left, and he came back to hit it for a spare on the 12th ball.  According to most local bowling historians, it was the highest score during league play in the over 10-year history at Lakeview Lanes in Morris.

The new nationwide price ceiling on meat went into effect Monday.  President Nixon placed the ceiling on beef, pork and lamb Thursday night and said it would remain in effect as long as necessary, which is to say until prices start coming down from their near-record levels. Meat retailers will have to post the ceiling prices for meat, above which they cannot go, by April 9.  

Farm Bureau directors who said they represent nearly 200,000 farm families in four states Friday called President Nixon's ceilings on meat prices unwise and unnecessary. Boards of directors from Farm Bureau organizations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota, meeting in Bloomington, said ceilings were unnecessary because livestock prices had already begun to fall.  The statement blamed labor organizations and consumer boycott groups for forcing President Nixon to impose the ceilings.